Spam tactics

Just for the record, Microsoft Research has produced a report on spam which gives some interesting insights into the methods used by the major spammers. As this blog is regularly pestered by trackback spammers, I thought this reporting was worth mentioning. Its a good example of how the boundaries of the possible are constantly extended,…

Map of scientific paradigms

Information Esthetics has produced a map of scientific paradigms. Fascinating, both for the way it was made and what it shows. The map was made like this: “by sorting roughly 800,000 scientific papers into 776 different scientific paradigms (shown as red and blue circular nodes) based on how often the papers were cited together by…

Where the money is

The US Department of Homeland Security DHS spending forecasts that “During the next 5 years, the U.S. Homeland Security markets, driven by the government and private sectors, will grow approximately 50%, from $23.8 Billion in 2006 to $34.8 Billion by 2011 (assuming no new major terror attack).” Presumably if there is another major terror attack,…

E8 Lie group mapped.

Good Math Bad Math has an explanation of what it may mean that the E8 Lie Group has been mapped by a team led by David Vogan. I dont understand it; I feel it may be very significant; and Im impressed by its size. In reverse order: Size: “the complete mapping of E8 is the…

Project Place-Hampi: virtual tourism and art

Project Place-Hampi is a fascinating “modular interactive cinema” by (amongst others) Jeffrey Shaw (see this posting). Ive posted earlier about virtual tourism. Without seeing this exhibit its difficult to place it. It tries to go beyond mere tourism though: the projects site says: “It is a modular interactive cinema where three kinds of narrative spaces…

DIWO event

Rather busy for the last few days on the day job – but I have just submitted an artwork to DIWO. DIWO is a mail art exhibition at HTTP, made up of contributions to the Netbehaviour mailing list. DIWO aims “aims to highlight the already thriving imaginations of those who use social networks and digital…